Upcoming trip to focus on helping
When Tonganoxie resident Brandy Russell heads to Mexico in June, she's looking forward to providing help to residents.
Russell, the daughter of Treasa and Kerry Putthoff, will work with physicians, social workers, assisting with dental examinations and teaching dental hygiene. She is in the first year of a two-year dental hygiene program at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park.
"I'm so excited. I've never really done anything like this," the 21-year-old said. "With these skills that I'm learning, I thought it would be good to help out where I can. I thought it would be a good learning experience."
Russell and others from Johnson County will head to Las Pintas, Mexico, which is on the outskirts of Guadalajara.
"Every year since 1998, the college has taken a group of people to an impoverished community in Mexico," Russell said.
There, the group of 20 people will work for 10 days, providing free medical and dental care and try to help with any infrastructure improvements the community needs. Currently, the group is working to raise funds for their trip.
"The money would go toward our supplies that we would take down there and our plane tickets," Russell said.
Russell's grandmother, Connie Putthoff, also of Tonganoxie, is helping by making a quilt the group is taking donations for. Other fund-raisers include a silent auction last month.
"And we'll do car washes, as well as other projects," Russell said.
For more information about donating to the project, call the group leader, Carolyn Kadel, (913) 469-8500, extension 3496. Kadel is director of international education at the college.